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Morning Catholic must-reads: 04/07/16

Pope Francis waves as he appears for the Angelus address on Sunday (AP)

The Christian must be aware of the “sometimes hostile reality that awaits him”, Pope Francis said at yesterday’s Angelus (full text, full video).

Christians are living in “a state of fear”, the director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in Bangladesh has said.

A mob has stripped and beaten five seminarians in Venezuela (Inés San Martín).

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles has launched a new media platform, AngelusNews.com (Archbishop José Gomez).

Director Terrence Malick’s next film will tell the story of Franz Jägerstätter.

Mark de Vries profiles the long-awaited successor of the “bishop of bling” in Limburg.

And Brantly Millegan explains why history’s first papal photograph was so controversial.

Follow me on Twitter @lukecoppen for updates throughout the day.